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30 September 2020 – The International Compliance Association (ICA), the leading professional body for the global regulatory and financial crime compliance community, has signed a partnership with the Insurance Institute of East Africa to provide ICA education in financial crime prevention and governance, risk and compliance in the East African region.
The need for effective financial crime prevention training has never been more pronounced, as local media reported last week on the FinCEN Files. While the emerging narrative is especially complex and continues to evolve, around 53 Kenyan companies and individuals appeared in a leak of banking records as suspicious financial activity amounting to $60 billion.
East African jurisdictions Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda remain particularly vulnerable to money laundering, fraud and terrorist financing, and are amongst the lowest scoring countries in the 2019 Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index.
ICA’s suite of accredited qualifications are designed for every level of expertise and aim to equip regulatory and financial crime compliance professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to mitigate the threat of financial crime, better analyse situations and consider appropriate risk controls.
As part the new partnership between ICA and the Insurance Institute of East Africa, professionals in the insurance, banking and finance, telecommunications and other sectors in the region will now have access to ICA qualifications in a range of key subjects including compliance, anti money laundering, managing sanctions risk and customer due diligence, joining ICA’s global community of over 150,000 compliance professionals.
ICA President Bill Howarth commented: ‘We are pleased to partner with the Insurance Institute of East Africa, combining ICA’s international expertise with their local knowledge, to effectively raise compliance standards in the region and help organisations mitigate and detect risk more effectively at their firm. Our internationally recognised professional qualifications include real-life examples and case studies with a real emphasis on application of knowledge, helping to upskill employees and safeguard businesses and communities from financial crime risk.’
Elijah Mogere, Director, Insurance Institute of East Africa, added: ‘We are delighted to partner with ICA as this gives us the opportunity to deliver high quality and internationally recognised financial crime prevention qualifications in the region to develop capacity for banks, insurance companies, and telecommunication providers, among other sectors, to mitigate the threat of financial crime, better analyse situations and consider appropriate risk controls.’
ICA qualifications are awarded in association with The University of Manchester, Alliance Manchester Business School.
To view the full suite of qualifications, visit: https://www.int-comp.org/course-finder/
 ‘FinCEN files: 53 Kenyan banks, individuals made illicit transactions worth Ksh.6 trillion’ Citizen TV, Kenya, Last Accessed: 25/09/2020 Link